Sunday School Material 4-29-12: Blind Man Receives Sight

(John 9:1-17; 4/29/12)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is Jesus healed a man, in spite of the breach of tradition. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to do God’s will, in spite of its conflict with tradition.

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Read John 9:1-5
I. Prelude to Healing.
As Jesus was going about His ministry, He came upon a man who was born blind. Jesus’ disciples asked about who sinned. Jesus goes on to say in this section of the Sunday School material the blindness being a part of the plan to display God’s light. Jesus goes on to talk about being the light of the world.

Applications –
- A man born blind.
Notice in vss. 1-3 of the Sunday School material the blind man was born blind. First, we should make sure that we never get so busy that we do not see those who are suffering around us.

Not only are there many who are physically blind, but there are those who have all kinds of financial troubles, relational troubles, and health troubles.

Second, all sickness or troubles are not the direct result of personal sin. Sometimes God uses a bad situation for His glory. This is better understood when talking about a Bible character than when your life is troubled for God’s glory.

Let’s work on seeing troubled people and trusting God to use all things for the good of His people.

- Working while it is day. Notice in vss. 4-5 that Jesus talks about the urgency of working while it is day. He goes on to mention that He is the light of the world.

On one hand, there is a time for rest. It is true that haste makes waste. But on the other hand, there is a such thing as complacency, going to slow, and being negligent.

Let’s work on doing God’s will, according to God’s time table. Many of those who read the Sunday School material believe that we have less time in front of us than we have behind us.

Therefore, we should make sure that we are being as effective as we can with every day and every ounce of energy that God places in our trust.

Read John 9:6-7
II. Actions in the Healing.
In this section of the Sunday School material Jesus spat on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the blind man’s eyes. The blind man was directed to go and wash. The man obeyed and was healed.

Applications –
- Obedience.
Notice in vss. 6-7 that the man was healed to a great extent because of his obeying the commands of the Lord. We should be known for doing what the Lord says do.

The best way to know what God is saying is to prayerfully study and obey His word, the Bible. If we are not even giving God a dime out of a dollar, we are far from the level of obedience that we see in the text.

Let’s work on doing whatever the Lord says do. We can count on God to do what is best for His people.

Read John 9:8-12
III. Responses to the Healing.
We see in this section of the Sunday School material that after the man was healed, people disagreed about the man’s identity. After his testimony, he was asked about how he was healed.

The man simply told what he knew to be true. A man named Jesus put some mud on his eyes, told him to wash, and when the blind man did so, he was able to see.

Applications –
- Witnessing.
Notice in vss. 9-11 of the Sunday School material the importance of being a witness. A witness is simply one who tells what he/she knows to be true.

As in the text, there are many things about what the Lord has done that we cannot answer. But we ought to be able to tell, especially those who are asking, that after the Lord worked on me, I am a better person.

Let’s work on sharing what we know to be true about the Lord’s working on us. Every believer should have a testimony about being saved. We should be able to testify about peace of mind, joy on our journey, and hope beyond what we can see.

Read John 9:13-17
IV. Debate About the Healer.
The man who was formerly blind is taken to the Pharisees, the religious leaders. The man rehearses how he was healed.

The Pharisees are divided about how to interpret a good deed being done in breach of their traditions. The healed man sides with the fact that Jesus is of God – a prophet.

Applications –
- Sabbath.
Notice in vs. 14 of the Sunday School material the idea of the Sabbath. We will talk about the traditions related to the Sabbath below. But for now, focus on the fact that the Sabbath is important.

Everyone, especially disciples of Christ, should have a weekly time to rest and worship. Even if it is not on a Saturday or Sunday or even if you have to take two halves of a day, we need to make time to rest and worship.

Without rest, we are prone to burn out. Without worship, we are sure to anger God. Let’s work on having some type of Sabbath observance in our lives.

- Tradition verses truth. Notice in vss. 16-17 the danger of putting our traditions on the same level as truth. On one hand, traditions can be helpful. It is helpful for a community of believers to know how they will live by godly principles.

Tradition can bring decency and order to things like worship, the church’s calendar, and how we relate to one another as members in the body of Christ.

But on the other hand, traditions are not as authoritative as the truth. Traditions should change as we learn better ways to do what we believe God is calling us to do. However, truth, the Bible, the Scriptures of God, do not change.

Let’s be careful about putting our traditions on the same level as truth. We should love people because God loves people.

We should love people more than we love our traditions like dressing up for church, singing our favorite songs, and even the time at which we have our worship services. Since Jesus healed on the Sabbath, we should be willing to minister on our sacred day to the glory of God.

Conclusion: Let’s work on doing God’s will, in spite of its conflict with tradition. God has much for those who obey His will.

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